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COVID-19 Campus Updates
April 8, 2020
Dear FA Students and Families,
Today we received notification from Maine’s Department of Education Commissioner recommending that schools continue remote instruction through the end of the academic year. As advised and in accord with MSAD 72, Fryeburg Academy will remain in the current remote learning format through May 29, 2020—the end of the 2019-2020 academic year.
We have not yet received definitive information from the M.P.A. regarding spring athletics but of course will notify you once we do.
I know this news is disheartening for many, including FA’s faculty and staff. We miss our students, and we miss each other. Please know that our primary goal remains in providing the most meaningful learning and best community support possible. We ask that you keep teachers, deans, and post-secondary school counselors informed of any issues or concerns that may arise in the weeks ahead.
Assuming that prohibitive pandemic measures will have been lifted by then, the Academy is still prepared to hold the following events: the prom at the Old Saco Inn, as planned, on Wednesday, August 12th; Baccalaureate, on Thursday, August 13th; the Senior Dinner and Class Night on Friday, August 14th; and Commencement itself on Saturday, August 15th.
Additionally, the Academy will continue its weekly drive-thru pickup of food provisions through Monday, June 1st, for any current Fryeburg Academy student who desires them. The drive-thru pickup will remain on Mondays, from 3:30-5 pm.
As always, I thank you for your cooperation, goodwill, and support.
A.No. All students are requested at this time to return home as soon as is feasible. Students who cannot return home are being offered homestays off-campus. Please notify of your travel arrangements and planning by contacting Jessica Brooks, Director of Residential Life.
A. Yes.The Academy will effectively restrict all outside visitors from campus, including the Fitness Center’s public hours, all facility use by outside organizations, and all school-sponsored events until we resume normal campus operations on Tuesday, March 31st.
A. School administration along with a dedicated task force, has been monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 since it was first reported, using all available resources and in consultation with health and government agencies, peer boarding schools, and MSAD 72.
A. Communication will be sent via head of school messages to the FA community, on our website, and through our alert notification system. Additional information around campus includes flyers about COVID-19 preventative measures. We also recommend that you do the following:
check email /text alerts on a regular basis for updates and advisories from the Academy;
review these responses to frequently asked questions (FAQ) for up-to-date information; and
follow disease prevention guidelines issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Outreach to the community includes links to these CDC resources:
A. A dedicated planning team comprised of administrators and staff are working to prepare for the possibility that COVID-19 arrives in our community. For example, one group has been dealing specifically with issues affecting students who may need to stay on campus over April break. Another group is preparing to ensure the continuity of instruction at FA in the event that faculty and students cannot meet face to face. Other groups include parts of our Security Emergency Management Team (SET), that has been meeting and will continue to review and enhance preparations and contingencies for dealing with the possibility of an outbreak of COVID-19 here. The Academy is also consulting with the MSAD 72 district and local health officials.
A. If you are asked to self-quarantine after returning from a country listed as Level 3 on the CDC’s COVID-19 travel advisories or within the U.S. with a declared state-of-emergency, you should stay home — in your room, your apartment, or your house. Do NOTgo to work, classes, grocery stores (order online or request family/friends to shop for you), athletic events, or other social gatherings until 14 days after the date of your departure from the country/U.S. state in question. Follow these guidelines for self-quarantine:
Report any symptoms of COVID-19 immediately to your local health provider (by calling--do NOT go directly to the hospital/ER so that they can prepare for your arrival). Please also notify Fryeburg Academy by calling the Main Office at 207-935-2001.
Stay in your room, apartment or house. Do not go to work, classes, athletic events, stores, or other social or religious gatherings until 14 days after your departure from the country in question.
Limit contact with other people as much as possible. This includes isolating yourself as much as possible from anyone living in your residence.
Cover coughs and sneezes with your upper arm or a tissue. Never cough in the direction of someone else.
Wash your hands with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand rubs after coughing or sneezing or throwing a used tissue in the garbage.
Avoid sharing household items. Do not share drinking glasses, towels, eating utensils, bedding, or any other items until you are no longer asked to self-quarantine.
A. Yes.At this time, the Academy is restricting all unnecessary domestic travel to U.S. cities with significant COVID-19 cases as well as any international travel to countries with a Level 3 travel advisory by the CDC. Any student, faculty, or staff member who travels to the above-mentioned destinations will require a mandatory 14-day quarantine, and screening by a medical professional BEFORE returning to campus. Additionally, any community member who travels on a cruise ship will be subject to the same quarantine protocol.
We ask that any student, faculty, or staff member that plans to travel now or during April break fill-out a travel form, so we can actively monitor and mitigate any potential exposure to our community.
Students, faculty, and staff should carefully consider April break travel, as our travel restrictions could change based on developing CDC, national, and state travel recommendations. The Academy is also asking students, faculty, and/or staff with an upcoming trip to a country with a CDC travel advisoryAlert Level 2 to consider postponing travel until the hazard has subsided.
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